The trio of Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz dominate the segment with high sales figure. Volkswagen offers the Vento in the segment but it is not as popular as the competition. In a bid to gain more attention from the market, Volkswagen has launched Vento Sport at a starting price of Rs. 11.44 lakh, ex-showroom, India. The petrol TSI automatic variant is priced at Rs. 12.79 lakh, diesel manual is priced at Rs. 12.92 lakh and the diesel-automatic is priced at Rs. 14.17 lakh. The Sport is now the top-of-the-line variant of the model and is positioned above the Highline Plus variant.
What is it all about?
The Vento Sport gets styling changes that will attract many more eyes on the road. To start with, there’s carbon-fibre finish for the wing mirrors, a new “Sport” moniker on the front fenders, an all-black roof wrap, new 10-spoke Portago 16-inch alloy wheels, black side foils and a rear spoiler finished in glossy black paint. The dual-colour of the vehicle gives it a unique identity in the segment and it looks very noticeable.
The car also gets LED headlamps with daytime running lamps (DRL) and LED inserts in the tail-lamps. Interiors have not been touched and it carries the same level of equipment as the Highline Plus trim of the vehicle. The feature list includes chrome inserts in the cabin, faux-leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, a touch-screen infotainment system and a rear parking camera.
Mechanically, the Vento Sport remains identical to the regular car. There is a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that generates 105 Bhp and gets a five-speed manual transmission. The diesel engine is a 1.5-litre unit that generates 110 Bhp and gets a five-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission. There is also a 1.2-litre petrol engine which is turbocharged. It generates 105 Bhp and gets 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Interestingly, Volkswagen has moved to the MQB platform in the global markets. The Polo and the Polo-based sedan known as Virtus are available in latest MQB platform in the international markets. In India, the updated version of the PQ25 platform is still being used. The MQB platform is quite advanced and would have attracted a premium price on the vehicles. India being a price-sensitive market, Volkswagen decided to keep an updated version of the old platform instead of bringing the new MQB to the Indian market.